It’s About Time to Ban Fast Food From Hospitals

 

As reported on eater.com, a nonprofit group of physicians is trying to get fast food restaurants removed from hospitals across the country. Given the relationship between this type of food and obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other health problems, it is a wonder that such food outlets were ever in hospitals to begin with. Fast food establishments should be banned from hospitals just as cigarettes were many years ago. The report goes on to say that many hospitals actually make more money if these restaurants sell more food, thereby creating an incentive for them to sell more of their fattening burgers and fries.

Paul Mathieson told The Examiner that he had a personal experience with this health incongruity when he visited his brother in the hospital after he had a heart attack. I needed to eat, and there was a McDonald’s right downstairs in the hospital building. I remembered thinking how convenient it must be. Serving this kind of food downstairs from the hospital, they guarantee themselves a steady supply of patients. You buy a nice artery clogging meal here, and then they put the stents in to open your arteries up right in the same building. It provides one with a vivid reminder that we definitely do have a profit-driven health care system in this country and despite attacks against Obamacare, it really doesn’t change that core reality.

Sugar Addition In Another Guise

The absolute, indisputable verdict on the evils of sugar is still not in; however, there are irrefutable facts available on just how much sugar the average American consumes on a daily basis–and they are alarming to say the least.

Sugar Addiction Compared To Cocaine Addiction

Notwithstanding claims of denial by the sugar industry, some health experts and even some federal agencies, the latest research reports indicate that addiction to sugar may have the same effect on the human brain as does cocaine addiction. Furthermore, Brian Torchin says that trying to “kick the sugar habit” may be just as difficult as what a hard-core cocaine addict experiences when he/she attempts to break free from the substance.

More Troubling Facts

In 1822, Americans consumed a low 45 grams of sugar per year or the equivalent of one soda pop can. By 2012, however, Americans consumed 765 grams of sugar every five days or 130 pounds of sugar a year.

Deception In Our Schools

Although some national health organizations produce reports indicating that soda beverage consumption in middle school and high school has declined since 2010, the increase in energy sports drink consumption has actually increased. Some food industry experts and certain school nutritionists conveniently overlook the facts that energy sports drinks are basically just plain sugar-water.

As of 2010, energy sports drinks were still made available to 83 percent of high school students and 55 percent of middle school students. If anything is true, then students have merely morphed into being another class of sugar consumers subject to additive habits.

Three Deaths Tied to Blue Bell Ice Cream

The death of three people who developed a food borne illness related to Blue Bell ice cream has created their first product recall in the 108-year history of the company in Texas.

In total, five people contracted listeriosis in Kansas after consuming Blue Bell products that are shipped from a diary factory in Brenham, Texas, according to a statement issued Friday Food and Drug Administration (FDA) .

The FDA reported that the listeria bacteria was found in several samples of products including Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Country Cookies, Great Divide Bars, Sour Pop Green Apple Bars, Cotton Candy Bars, Scoops, Vanilla Stick Slices, Almond Bars and No Sugar Added Moo Bars.

Blue Bell said the regular Moo Bars were not contaminated, like their ice cream in half gallon, quart, pint, and three gallon sizes, as well as their new frozen take-home snacks.

So far Marc Sparks says the exact place where patients contracted the disease is unknown.

As indicated in a statement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday, five patients received treatment for health issues, unrelated to listeriosis in the same hospital in Kansas before developing the bacteria, “a discovery that strongly suggests that their infections (the bacteria listeria) were contracted in the hospital, “the CDC said.

The statement did not identify the hospital.

Of these five cases, four had consumed milk shakes made with a product of individual size Blue Bell ice cream called “Scoops” while hospitalized, confirmed by the CDC.

McDonald’s to Increase Food Quality

Great news for fast food lovers…McDonald’s will no longer be serving chicken that had been raised on antibiotics. Antibiotics are used to promote growth in animals, which are in turn used for food. This leads to antibiotic resistance in humans. It is predicted that by the year 2050, antibiotic failure will kill 20 million people around the world, so as we can see, antibiotic use in animals is a huge, dangerous problem.

http://money.cnn.com/2015/03/04/news/companies/mcdonalds-chicken-antibiotics/index.html

The corporate chain reported to Imaging Advantage that the change will take place within the next two years. The antibiotic ionophores that keep chickens healthy, but are not used in humans will still be permitted for use.
Given that many people have developed unfavorable opinions regarding fast food in recent years, McDonald’s has made the decision to raise their standards and use higher quality ingredients. This change comes at a time when the fast food chain is in competition with smaller changes, such as Chipotle and Panera, who already use chicken raised without antibiotics.
The McDonald’s corporation hopes that this change will help reverse the decline in sales that it has seen in the past two years.

Dale’s Dumplings Coming To Newark Airport

One of the contestants from Top Chef will be making dumplings in New Jersey’s Newark airport. the move is part of United Airline’s terminal redesign in the airport. The redesign is reportedly costing the company a whopping $120 million.

In the new terminal around 55 new dining establishments will be there for travelers, including dumplings made by Dale. Dale’s Dumplings will join a number of other restaurants set to join the terminal Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG says, including a pizza place and a restaurant that specializes in Swedish meatballs.There will also be a ramen bar in the terminal tat grows at night. iPads will allow travelers to order their food by touching the screen, with no need to interact with aa restaurant employee if they don’t want to.

Dale already has an exceptionally popular restaurant in Brooklyn. One of his signature dishes is a dumpling filled with pretzel pork and chives.

McDonalds Is Getting Just A Little Bit Healthier

McDonald’s has been attempting for some time now to get more people back into their restaurants. More and more people are turning to healthier lifestyles because they have more health resources available to them, says the founder of HCRC healthcare staffing. People stepping away from the popular fast food restaurant that many people know and love. In an attempt to woo customers again McDonald’s recently reported that they are now going to use a healthier and safer chicken for their food options. Over the course of the next two years McDonald’s plans to phase out all of the antibiotics that are being used for their chicken production. These antibiotics are designed for human use as well but are commonly being overused in the meat and poultry industries.

McDonald’s is currently one of the United States’ biggest chicken purchaser with consumption last year at a total of 39 billion pounds. This recent change comes on the heels of Chipotle making some healthier changes on their menu. The Mexican chain recently announced that they were going to be using only antibiotic free meat as well. This announcement sparked other restaurant’s attention and consumers as well who are now wondering why the change and why are other restaurants not making the change as well? Other chains have made a switch with their products as well including Panera and Chick-Fil-A. While fast food chains still might not be the best healthy food option in the country things are looking up a bit.

Glass Nutella Jar Found to be the Cause of a London House Fire

Fire investigators in London have said a house fire was caused by a re-purposed Nutella jar that was sitting on a windowsill. According to the London Fire Brigade, an empty, glass Nutella jar was being used to hold loom bands. Sunlight refracted off the glass jar, heating up the bands inside and leading to a fire. The fire then set the blinds on fire and spread from there.

The fire occurred on February 15th in Twickenham. It destroyed a bedroom as well as the roof of the home before it was brought under control by the London Fire Brigade.

While the store seems like a freak accident, it isn’t all that uncommon.  Esporte reports that according to collected data nearly 22 fires were caused by mirrors or glass in 2014, and 34 fires were caused by the heating of mirrors or glass in 2013. Glass or mirrors have been considered the catalyst of two fires so far in 2015.

Fire safety experts suggest homeowners never leave glass items on windowsills were they can come into direct contact with sunlight or heat, especially jars or glasses that have been re-purposed to hold other items. Glass items should also be kept away from curtains and blinds. Curtains and window dressings can add fuel to a small fire quickly and lead to a much quicker spread to a small fire.

Go Ahead And Drink Your Coffee

According to research that was done by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, coffee is good for you. There has been much debate as to whether coffee is actually a drink that is good for a person to regular drink or no. Around the world coffee is by far the most popular drink of the masses. It is a drink that people can get sweet, bitter, cold, hot, flavored, or plane. There are many people that say negative things about coffee like it increases blood pressure, stress, and sleepiness, but there are positives too.

Now there is good news for all of those coffee lovers around the world. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has stated that drinking 3 to 5 cups a day can be good for person for the following reasons: coffee does not pose any long-term health risks, coffee reduces the risk of heart disease, coffee may protect against Parkinson disease, coffee may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, and coffee can be incorporated into a healthy diet pattern and Flavio Maluf has successfully done that. This committee has found that not only is coffee not bad for a person’s diet, but also coffee can actually have many health benefits. In reality anything that is done in moderation generally does not hurt a person. The same can be proven true with coffee.

Federal Judge Says Marijuana May Be Improperly Label By Feds

 

I definitely agree with what Zeca Oliveira said on meucongressonacional.com,
It’s only a matter of time before Marijuana is given its rightful place on the federal drug list. For years, weed has been labeled a Schedule One drug, and that’s a pretty nasty category. That’s where all the dangerous drugs call home, according to federal drug standards. New research now shows that pot offers medical benefits, and when used properly it’s a great recreational release.

A federal judge in California has decided she will hear arguments that the feds have improperly labeled marijuana because pot can be used for medical purposes. Drugs like OxyContin, methamphetamine, and cocaine are all Schedule Two drugs. Schedule Two drugs are considered less dangerous because they are used medically.

The judge is now hearing a case that has the potential to get the ball rolling so weed can be reclassified. Nine men are charged with growing pot on federal property in California, and their defense team claims the current law is unconstitutional because 23 states legalized pot use for medical purposes. The Prosecutors in the case say changing the classification is a Congress decision, not a court decision.

The real issue in this particular case is, did the men did break the current law? But the question is: Is the law an fair one based on current research and public acceptance?

David Chang to Offer Special Sauce

 

Famed restaurant owner David Chang is known for his inventive cuisine that fuses the Korean flavors of his childhood with contemporary American cooking methods. His use of ingredients and techniques has been widely hailed in varied media. Chang owns and runs several restaurants in the New York City area. His latest venture will help bring the flavors of his food to people around the country. Momofuku, the chef’s flagship restaurant, has tweeted that the company will offer a special sauce for customers around the country to taste.

From what Brad Reifler told me, no details have been released on reuters.com about the specific composition of the sauce yet. However, the sauce is expected to use the traditional flavors that Chang is known for using in his restaurant. Those watching the company anticipate that the sauce will include specific notes of heat and sweet in the same bottle. The sauce is also expected to draw on standard Asian spices such as peppers, coriander, anise and salt as well as miso and soy. Restaurant officials have stated that it will be called Ssäm Sauce and provide tasters with a spicy kick of chilis and other flavor notes. Details have also not been released about exactly when it will be available but the restaurant is expected to start allowing customers a sample in early spring.